Monday, 6 January 2014

Toy Story 2 Review

Toy Story 2

Release Date: 16th December 1999 - Australia

Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Pixar Animation Studios

Walt Disney Studios Motion 
Pictures Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 89 minutes

Budget: $90,000,000

Box Office Gross: $485,015,179 

Plot Summary
While Andy is away at 
summer camp, Woody 
is toynapped by Al, a 
greedy collector who 
needs Andy's favourite 
toy to complete his 
Roundup Gang collection. 

Together with Jessie, 
Bullseye and the 
Prospector, Woody is on 
his way to a museum 
where he'll spend the 
rest of his life behind 
glass. It's up to Buzz, 
Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, 
Rex and Slinky Dog to 
rescue their friend and 
remind him what being 
a toy is all about.

Voice Cast
Tom Hanks - Woody
Tim Allen - Buzz Lightyear
Joan Cusack - Jessie
Kesley Grammer - Stinky Pete
Wayne Knight - Al
Don Rickles - Mr. Potato Head
John Ratzenberger - Hamm
Wallace Shawn - Rex
Jim Varney - Slinky the Dog
Joe Ranft - Wheezy
Estelle Harris - Mrs. Potato 
Annie Potts - Little Bo Peep
Andrew Stanton - Emperor Zurg
R. Lee Ermey - Sarge
Jodi Benson - Barbie
John Morris - Andy
Lauren Metcalf - Andy's Mom
Jeff Pidgeon - Squeeze Toy 

Original Story/Director - John 
Original Story/Co-Director - 
Ash Brannon
Co-Director/Editor - Lee Unkrich 
Story/Screenplay - Andrew 
Story Supervisor/Additional 
Story Material - Joe Ranft
Original Story - Pete Docter 
Screenplay - Rita Hsiao, 
Doug Chamberlin and 
Chris Webb
Producers - Karen Robert 
Jackson and Helene
Production Designer - William Cone 
Production Designer/Character 
Designer: New Characters - 
Jim Pearson
Director of Photography - 
Sharon Calahan
Supervising Animator - Glenn 
Film Editors - Edie Bleiman 
and David Ian Salter 
Songs/Music - Randy Newman


2000 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "When She Loved Me" -
Randy Newman (Nominated)

It's me, Film Guru Lad, I'm still here to round up the nostalgia with my review of TOY STORY 2. Looking back now in watching number two again, after a long period of time. It's proven to be a flexible, much better sequel than the first one (click here) resulting the much-improved CGI artistry, the studio PIXAR undertaken to get it going in three more years. Nowadays, it tends so much, the sequel's story is getting maturely with showcasing one character's backstory of tragicness and emotionally. Probably the first of the series to went in a transition as more from being a cheerful animated delight to the young audiences. I like how there's still a double-dose of comedy left to amuse all generations and for once, the subplot of Buzz being replaced by the false Buzz is the one crucial plot point being played for laughs. 

In the elements, joining in the cast of voices by Allen and Hanks is comedienne Joan Cusack. She voices the yodeling cowgirl Jessie and it's never sentimental for me in only seeing her in a few movies. That said, her character would really be important to the film's plot. 

Surpassing the original by adding pushovers with better visualised rendering and one of Pixar's better movies. If not quite better than other triumphs like WALL-E (click here) and THE INCREDIBLES (click here). Can't miss out on that one when you hire it out for recommendation. 

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

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